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article imageToronto mayoral hopeful Ford wins support from low-educated voters

By Andrew Moran     Oct 22, 2010 in Politics
Toronto - A new poll shows that frontrunner candidate Rob Ford is holding an 8-point lead over rival George Smitherman in the race for mayor of Toronto. Can Ford hold the lead with just 3 days until voters head to the polls?
Last week, Toronto mayoral candidate Rob Ford dismissed a Nanos poll that showed a statistical tie between himself and close rival George Smitherman. Ford said that every poll shows something completely different:
“It’s ridiculous. Every day, one poll says this or that. They are all over the place.”
On Friday, another poll was released that shows Ford is holding an 8-point lead over Smitherman heading into Monday’s election. According to an Ekos telephone poll, Ford has 43.9 percent support, while Smitherman holds 35.6 percent of the vote. Joe Pantalone, who has vowed to stay in the race, remains third place with only 15 percent.
Ford has the most support among those between the ages of 45-64 (48.1 percent) and 65 and over (60.1 percent). However, Smitherman has the most support (37.7 percent) from those between the ages of 25 and 44.
Toronto mayoral candidate George Smitherman.
Toronto mayoral candidate George Smitherman.
When it comes to education levels, Ford has more than half (57.3 percent) support from voters who have high school education or less and only 28.1 percent of potential Ford voters have university education. On the flip side, Smitherman has 45 percent support coming from Torontonians who have obtained a university education.
Despite being accused of being a racist and making a brief comment on the immigration levels in the city, which made front-page headlines across the city and united his opponents, Ford holds 51.7 percent support from those born outside of Canada. Smitherman has 30.1 percent.
The telephone survey was conducted between Oct. 13 and Oct. 21 with 507 randomly selected Toronto voters. The poll contains a margin of error of +/- 4.4 percentage points.
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